concenter (Diversity in Lit book list)

concenter (con·cen·ter) :  Pronunciation:/kənˈsentər, kän-/ :  verb 1. [with object] concentrate (something) in a small space or area. 2. [no object] come together or collect at a common center. 3. archaic bring or draw (two or more things ) toward a common center.


You may recall the posts “silenced voices” and “voces silenciadas” in which two marginalized groups of writers were featured. In the first, I relayed the post “grim realities” by Zetta Elliott at Fledgling in which Elliott has compiled a terribly small list of 2010 Middle-grade/Young adult published work by US-based authors of African descent. In the second, “voces,” I mentioned Doret of The Happy Nappy Bookseller and her compiled list of Hispanic authors of 2010 mg/ya books. Becoming an annual observation of a marginalization of writers of color (& not only African-American or Hispanic), similar lists have been compiled since 2011 and have seen no real increase in numbers, and just as few debut authors appearing. See lists below.


{image: “Woman Reading” by LaShun Beal}

Other excellent resources: blog “CrazyQuiltEdi” and her list of Authors of Color (whom I depend heavily). “Reading in Color” has this booklist w/ various genre reads!


If/As I read books from the lists, I will put a link. If you’ve read one and would like to do a post on it, email me: omphaloskepsis (at) stonhaus (dot) com. note: my tag “concenter” should direct you to reviews of books w/ key characters and/or authors of color. On other booklists, I will put a “d” for diversity in lit.


Crazy Quilt’s 2013 POC Booklist:

  1. The girl of his dreams by Amir Abrams. K-Teen/Dafina, 25 June
  2. He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander; Amistad, 19 Nov
  3. Chasing shadows by Swati Avasthi. Alfred A. Knopf, 24 Sept
  4. You don’t know me like that by Reshonda Tate Billingsly, K-Teen/Dafina
  5. Antigoddess by Kendare Blake: Tor, Sept
  6. Revenge of a not so pretty girl by Carolita Blythe; Delacorte, 9 April
  7. Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the dawn of liberty by Tonya Bolden; Abrams Books for Young Readers 1 Jan
  8. Twelve days of New York by Tonya Bolden and Gilbert Ford; Abrams, March
  9. Mira in the present tense by Sita Brahmachari; Whitman Press, Sept
  10. Killer of enemies by Joseph Bruchac; Lee and Low, October
  11. The Way by Joseph Bruchac; Darby Creek Publishing; 30 January
  12. Get over it by Nikki Carter; Dafina Press; 28 May
  13. Gaby, lost and found by Angela Cervantes; Scholastic 30 July
  14. City of Death An Ash Mistry Novel by Sarwat Chadda; Scholastic 29 Oct
  15. Tiger girl by Mary-Lee Chai; GemmaMedia, October
  16. Ehrich Weisz chronicle: Devil Island by Marty Chan; Fitzhenry & Whiteside, October
  17. Fat Angie e.E. Charlton-Trujillo; Candlewick, March
  18. Return to me by Justina Chen; Little, Brown 15 Jan
  19. The savage blue (The vicious deep ) by Zoraida Córdova; Sourcebooks Fire, May
  20. Panic by Sharon Draper; Atheneum, March
  21. Cy in Chains by David Dudley; Clarion Books, 17 Dec
  22. World After (Penryn and the End of Days #2) by Sandra Ee; Skyscrape, 19 Nov
  23. Lightning Dreamer by Margarita Engle; Harcourt, March
  24. Mountain dog by Margarita Engle; O. Ivanov; A. Ivanov; Henry Holt and Co., August
  25. If you could be mine by Sara Farizan; Algonquin, August
  26. I see the promised land: A life of Martin Luther King Jr by Arthur Flowers and Manu Chitrakar; Groundwood Books, 1 Jan
  27. My basmati bat mitzvah by Paula Freeman; Amulet Books, October
  28. The prey by Andrew Fukuda; St. Martin Press 29 January
  29. The Trap by Andrew Fukuda; St. Martin’s Griffin; 5 Nov
  30. Angel de la luna and the 5th glorious mystery by M. Evelina Galang; Coffee House Press, Nov
  31. If I ever get out of here by Eric Gansworth; Arthur A. Levine; August
  32. Bereft by Craig Laurance Gidney; Tiny Satchell Press 15 January
  33. Since you asked by Maureen Goo; Scholastic, July
  34. Burn for burn by Jenny Han and Sioban Vivian; Simon and Schuster; August
  35. Flowers in the sky by Lynn Joseph; Harper Teen, March
  36. The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata. Atheneum, 4 June
  37. The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa Harlequin; 30 Apr
  38. Control by Lydia King; Dial Books; 26 Dec
  39. Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn; St. Martin Press 11 June
  40. The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Amberlin Kwaymullina; Candlewick, 8 April
  41. Inheritance by Malinda Lo. LIttle, Brown and Co. Sept
  42. Reality Check: Charly’s epic fiasco by Kelli London; KTeen 26 February
  43. Star Power (Charly’s Epic Fiasco) by Kelli London; Kensington, 30 July
  44. Alvin Ho: allergic to babies, burglars and other bumps in the night by Lenore Looke; LeUyen Pham; Schwartz and Wade Books; August
  45. Ask my mood ring how I feel by Diane Lopez. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 11 June
  46. Champion by Marie Lu; Putnam Juvenile, 5 Nov
  47. Prodigy: A legend novel by Marie Lu; Putnam Juvenile 29 January
  48. Unravel me by Tahereh Mafi; Harper Collins 5 Feb
  49. Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass by Meg Medina; March
  50. Darius and Twig by Walter Dean Myer; Harper 23 Apr
  51. Invasion by Walter Dean Myers; Scholastic October
  52. Oh, snap! by Walter Dean Myers; Scholastic, August
  53. Drifing by Lisa R. Nelson; Tiny Satchel Press Feb 2013
  54. Prophecy (The Dragon King Chronicles) by Ellen Oh; Harper Teen 2 January
  55. Curse of the ancients by Matt de la Pena; Scholastic, June
  56. Open mic: Riffs on life between cultures edited by Mitali Perkins; Candlewick; August
  57. Sweet 16 to life: A Langdon Prep Novel by Kimberly Reid;  KTeen 26 January
  58. Little brother of war by Gary Robinson; 7th Generation; August
  59. Dork Diaries 6: Tales from a Not-So-Happy-Heartbreaker by Rachel Renee Russell. Aladdin, 4 June
  60. The witches of Ruidoso by John Sandoval; Arte Publica April
  61. Way too much drama by Earl Sewell; Kimani Tru, 30 July
  62. The Servant by Fatima Sharafeddine ; Groundwood Press, Apr
  63. Hollywood High: Get ready for war by Nini Simone and Amir Abrams; Kensington, March
  64. True Story by NiNi Simone; KTeen/Dafina, 26 Nov
  65. Underneath By Sarah Jamila Stevenson; Llewellyn Worldwide; 8 June
  66. Amphibians by Christine Taylor-Buter; Childrens Pr, Sept
  67. Fisby Christine Taylor-Butler; Childrens Pr, Sept
  68. Insects and Spiders by Christine Taylor-Butler;  Childrens Pr, Sept
  69. Zero Fade by Chris Terry; Curbside Splendor, Sept
  70. Danny Blackgoat: Navajo prisoner by Tim Tinge; 7th Generation; August
  71. How I became a ghost by Tim Tingle; Road Runner Press; 28 May
  72. Death, Dickinson and the Demented life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torres-Sanchez; Running Press Kids; 28 May
  73. P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams Garcia; Amistad, 21 May
  74. Sunday you learn how to box: a novel by Bil Wright; Scribner; August
  75. Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang: FirstSecond, 10 Sept
  76. Once we were here: the hybrid chronicles by Kat Zang. Harper Collins, 17 Sept
  77. Garden Of My Imaan by Farhana Zia; Peachtree Publishers 1 Apr

 Zetta Elliott’s Book List for Afr. Am Authors of 2013 in MG/YA

“Two of the titles are reprints. Walter Dean Myers, outgoing National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, had a good year with 3 titles; Amar’e Stoudemire and Kelli London had 2 titles each, as did Ni-Ni Simone and Amir Abrams. How many of the remaining authors made their debut in 2013?

“According to a recent article in New York Magazine, there were over 10,000 young adult novels available in 2012. A YALSA source suggests 3,000 YA novels are published annually in the US.”

MG=middle grade (8-12) YA=young adult (12-18)

  1. The Girl of His Dreams by Amir Abrams (K-Teen/Dafina; June) YA
  2. He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander (Amistad; November) YA
  3. The Laura Line by Crystal Allen (Balzer + Bray; April) MG
  4. Goal Line by Tiki & Ronde Barber, with Paul Mantell (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; August—reprint) MG
  5. Jump Shot by Tiki & Ronde Barber, with Paul Mantell (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; November) MG
  6. You Don’t Know Me Like That by Reshonda Tate Billingsly (K-Teen/Dafina; September) YA
  7. Revenge of a Not-So-Pretty Girl by Carolita Blythe (Delacorte; April) YA
  8. Twelve Days of New York by Tonya Bolden and Gilbert Ford (Abrams; March) MG
  9. The Case of the Time Capsule Bandit by Octavia Spencer (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; October) MG
  10. Get Over It by Nikki Carter (Dafina Press; May) YA
  11. Panic by Sharon Draper (Atheneum; March) YA
  12. Cy in Chains by David L. Dudley (Clarion Books; December) YA
  13. Bereft by Craig Laurance Gidney (Tiny Satchell Press; January) YA
  14. Streetball Crew Book One: Sasquatch in the Paint by Kareem Abdul Jabar (Disney-Hyperion; September) MG
  15. Flowers in the Sky by Lynn Joseph (Harper Teen; March) YA
  16. The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Arthur A. Levine Books; March) YA
  17. Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn (St. Martin Press; June) YA
  18. Kiese Laymon Long Division (Agate Bolden 2013)
  19. Reality Check: Charly’s Epic Fiasco by Kelli London (KTeen; February) YA
  20. Star Power (Charly’s Epic Fiasco)by Kelli London (Kensington; July) YA
  21. Darius and Twig by Walter Dean Myers (Harper; April) YA
  22. Invasion by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic; October) YA
  23. The Cruisers: Oh, Snap! by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic; August) MG
  24. Drifting by Lisa R. Nelson (Tiny Satchel Press; February) YA
  25. Sweet 16 to Life: A Langdon Prep Novel by Kimberly Reid (KTeen; January) YA
  26. Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; May) MG
  27. Dork Diaries 6: Tales from a Not-So-Happy-Heartbreaker by Rachel Renee Russell (Aladdin; June) MG
  28. Way Too Much Drama by Earl Sewell (Kimani Tru; July) YA
  29. Hollywood High: Get Ready for War by Ni-Ni Simone and Amir Abrams (Kensington; March) YA
  30. True Story by Ni-Ni Simone (KTeen/Dafina; November) YA
  31. Orleans by Sherri L. Smith (Putnam Juvenile; March) YA… post
  32. The Case of the Time Capsule Bandit by Octavia Spencer (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; October) MG
  33. STAT #3: Slam Dunk by Amar’e Stoudemire (Scholastic Paperbacks; January) MG
  34. STAT #4: Schooled by Amar’e Stoudemire (Scholastic Paperbacks; August) MG
  35. Zero Fadeby Chris Terry (Curbside Splendor; September) YA
  36. Charis: Journey to Pandora’s Jar by Nicole Walters (Booktrope; May) MG
  37. Paparazzi Princesses by Bria Williams, Reginae Carter, and Karyn Folan (Cash Money Content; June) YA
  38. P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams Garcia (Amistad; May) MG
  39. Sunday You Learn How to Box by Bil Wright (Scribner; August—reprint) YA


Zetta’s close of year “Analysis” in which she notes: “Any way you slice it, it’s not good. There are 13 million African Americans in the US and our kids have fewer than 50 novels to choose from each year.”

Zetta’s African American MG/YA novels in 2012 list. & CrazyQuiltEdi’s 2012/13 list of POC author/books.  below combines both:

  1. The friendship Matchmaker by Randa Abdel-Fattah (Frances Lincoln, Sep)
  2. ^Crazy Love by Amir Abrams (Dafina Books, Nov)
  3. Con carino/Love Amalia by Alma Flor Ada (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Jul)
  4. Bordertown #1 Crossing the line  by Malin Alegria (Scholastic, May) MG
  5. Border Town #2: Quince Clash by Malin Alegria (Scholastic, Jul)
  6. BorderTown #4: No Second Chances by Malin Alegria (Scholastic, Nov.)
  7. Growing up Muslim: Understanding the beliefs and practices of Islam by Sumbul Ali-Karamali (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Aug)
  8. ^Mesmerize  by Artist Arthur (Kimani Tru, Jan.)
  9. Marching to the mountaintop  by Ann Bausum (National Geographic Press, Jan.) NF
  10. Superman vs. the Ku Klux Klan: The story of how the iconic superhero battle the men of hate  by Rick Bowers (National Geographic Books for Children, Jan.) MG/NF
  11. ^On the flip side: A fab life novel #4 by Nikki Carter (KTeen Dafina, Feb.)
  12. ^Time to Shine by Nikki Carter (Dafina Books, Oct)
  13. Ash Mistry and the savage fortress by Sadwat Chadda (Harper Collins, Oct.)
  14. ^The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis (Wendy A. Lamb Books, Jan.) MG
  15. Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani (HarperTeen, Jan.)
  16. ^Happy families by Tanita Davis (Knopf Books for Young Readers, May
  17. ^Stars and Sparks on Stage (Clubhouse Mysteries)* by Sharon M. Draper, illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson (Aladdin, Sep.) *REPRINT
  18. ^The Backyard Animal Show (Clubhouse Mysteries)* by Sharon M. Draper, illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson (Aladdin, Jul.) *REPRINT
  19. ^The Space Mission Adventure (A Clubhouse Mystery)* by Sharon Draper, illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson (Aladdin, Mar) *REPRINT
  20. ^Ship of souls by Zetta Elliott (AmazonEncore, Feb.)
  21. Chikadee by Louse Erdrich (HarperCollins, Aug)
  22. ^Pinned by Sharon Flake (Scholastic, Oct.) MG
  23. Stolen into slavery: The true store of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Frandin (National Geographic Books for Children, Jan.) NF
  24. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (St Martin’s Griffin, Apr.)
  25. A Thunderous Whisper by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (Knopf Books for Young Readers, Oct.)
  26. Outcasts of River Falls: sequel to Belle of Batoche by Jaqueline Guest (Regina Coteau Books for Kids, Apr.)
  27. Fat No More: A Teenager’s Victory Over Obesity by Alberto Hidalgo-Robert (Arte Publico, Apr.)
  28. ^The Wiley Boys by Hill Harper (Harper & Wells Books for Young Readers, Apr.)
  29. The whole story of half a girl by Veera Hirandandani (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Jan.)
  30. ^The Chaos  by Nalo Hopkinson (Margaret K. McElderry Books , Apr.)
  31. ^Marnyke: Keepin’ Her Man (Juicy Central) by Shay Jackson (Saddleback, Jan.)
  32. ^A Certain October by Angela Johnson (Simon and Schuster, Aug)
  33. ^Nishell: Holding Back (Juicy Central) by Jada Jones (Saddleback, Jan.)
  34. ^Bad boy  by Dream Jordan (St. Martin Griffin, Feb.)
  35. Tina’s mouth: an existential comic diary by Keshni Kashyap and Mari Araki (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jan.)
  36. Black Indians a hidden heritage  by William Loren Katz (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Jan.) NF
  37. Mission Libertad by Lizette Lantiqua (Pauline Books and Media, Aug)
  38. ^Denim diaries 6 Lying to live by Darrian Lee (Urban Books, Aug)
  39. The Agency 3: Traitor in the Tunnel by Y. S. Lee (Candlewick, Feb.)
  40. We’ve got a job: the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson (Peachtree Publishers, Feb.) NF
  41. Dumpling Days by Grace Lin (Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Jan.)…post
  42. Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin (Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Oct)…post
  43. Little White Duck: A childhood in China by Na Liu (Author), Andres Vera Martinez (Author, Illustrator): (Minneapolis: Graphic Universe, Oct.)
  44. Adaptation by Malinda Lo (Litte, Brown Books for Young Readers, Sep)
  45. ^Boyfriend season: Cali boys  by Kelli London (K’Teen, Mar.)
  46. ^Charly’s Epic Fiasco by Kelli London (Dafina, Aug)
  47. Choke by Diana Lopez (Point, Jul)
  48. ^37 Things I Love (In No Particular Order) by Kekla Magoon (Henry Holt, May)
  49. ^Fire in the Streets by Kekla Magoon (Aladdin, Aug)
  50. ^DJ Rising by Love Maia (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Feb.)
  51. The revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano (Scholastic, Sep)
  52. A beautiful lie  by Irfan Master (Albert Whitman & Company, Aug)
  53. Summer of the Mariposas by Guadelupe Garcia McCall (Tu Books, Oct.)
  54. ^Best shot in the west: the adventures of Nat Love by Patricia C. McKissack, Frederick L. McKissack and Randy Duburke (Chronicle Books, Jan.) GRAPHIC NOVEL
  55. ^The clone codes #3: the visitors by Patricia C. McKissack, Fredrick McKissack and Pat McKissack (Scholastic, Feb.)
  56. Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School by Timothy MacLaughlin, Stephen Nelson and Joseph Marshall (Abrams Books for Young Readers, Apr.)
  57. The girl who could silence the wind by Meg Medina (Candlewick, Mar.)
  58. Into the wise dark  by Neesha Meminger (Ignite Books, Mar.)
  59. Always upbeat Cheer Drama (Lockwood High Series)by Stephanie Perry Moore (Saddleback, Jun)
  60. Keep jumping/no hating Cheer Drama (Lockwood High Series) by Stephanie Perry Moore (Saddleback , Jun)
  61. ^Kiki doin’ it (Juicy Central) by Stephanie Perry Moore (Saddleback, Sep)
  62. ^Marnyke: the fake date  (Juicy Central); Tia Diva; Sherise Stalked; Nishell Tempted by Stephanie Perry Moore (Saddleback, Sep)
  63. ^Settle down/be real Cheer Drama (Lockwood High Series)by Stephanie Perry Moore(Saddleback , Jun)
  64. ^Settle down/be real Cheer Drama/Baller Swag; Lockwood High Series by Stephanie Perry Moore (Saddleback, Sep)
  65. ^Yell out/Do you Cheer Drama (Lockwood High Series) by Stephanie Perry Moore (Saddleback , Jun)
  66. Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore (Delacorte, Sep)
  67. Fair Coin  by E. C. Myers (Pyr, Mar.)
  68. ^All the right stuff  by Walter Dean Myers (Amistad, Apr.)
  69. ^The Cruisers 3: A star is born by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic, Aug)
  70. Another Jekyl another Hyde  by Daniel and Dina Nayeri (Candlewick, Mar.)
  71. ^No crystal stair  by Vaunda Michaux Nelson (Carolrhoda Press, Feb.)
  72. ^Download Drama  by Celeste O. Norfleet (Kimani Tru, May)
  73. Prom dates to die for by Kelly Parra (Buzz Books, May)The glass collector by Anna Perera ( Albert Whitman and Co., Feb.)
  74. The Knife and the Butterfly by Ashley Hope Perez (Carolrhoda Books, Feb.)
  75. Hand in hand: ten black men who changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney; J. Brian Pinkney (Jump at the Sun/Disney, Nov.)
  76. ^The diary of B. B. Bright possible princess by Alice Randall, Caroline Randall Williams and Shadra Strickland (illustrator) (Turner Publishing, Sep)
  77. ^Fading Amber: The cambion chronicles #3 by Jaime Reed (K’Teen Dafina, Dec)
  78. ^Creeping with the enemy (Langdon Prep)by Kimberyly Reid (Dafina, Apr.)
  79. The jade notebook by Laura Resau (Delacorte Books for Young Readers,  Feb.)
  80. ^The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards (HarperCollins, Jan.)
  81. ^Lone bean by Chudney Ross (Amistad, Jun)
  82. ^Dork Diaries: Skating sensation by Rachel Renee Russell (Simon and Schuster , Jun)
  83. ^Dork Diaries 4: Tales from a not so graceful ice princess by Rachel Renee Russell (Aladdin, Jun)
  84. ^Dork Diaries 5: Tales from a not so smart miss know it all by Rachel Renee Russell (Aladdin, Oct.)
  85. Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, Feb.)
  86. ^Back to me  by Earl Sewell (Kimani Tru, Jun-Jul)
  87. ^Hollywood High by Ni Ni Simone and Amir Abrams (Kensington, Sep)
  88. ^No Boyz Allowed by Ni-Ni Simone (Dafina, Jul)
  89. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons (Tor, Jan)
  90. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Young people’s edition by Rebecca Skloot (Turtleback Books, Oct.)
  91. ^Stars in the Shadows by Charles R. Smith (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Jan.)
  92. Diabolical by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Candlewick Press, Feb.)
  93. Chronal Engine by Greg Leitich Smith, illus. by Blake Henry (Clarion Books,  Feb.)
  94. Facts of life: stories by Gary Soto (Graphia, Jan.)
  95. Latino USA revised edition: A cartoon history  by Ilan Stavans and Lalo Alcaraz (Basic Books, Apr.) NF
  96. Irises  by Francisco X. Stork (Authur A. Levine, Jan)
  97. The mapmaker and the Ghost by Sarvenaz Tash (Walker Book Childrens, Apr.)
  98. The girl who leapt through time  by Yasutaka Tsutsui and David Karashima (Alma Books , Sep)
  99. The Temptation: A Kindred Novel by Alisa Valdes (HarperTeen, Apr.)
  100. series: Major Black Contributions from Emancipation to Civil Rights various authors  (Mason Crest, Sep)
  101. Body Slammed! by Ray Villareal (Pinata Books, Apr.)
  102. ^Black Boy White School by Brian F. Walker (HarperTeen, Jan.)
  103. Life’s journey-zuya: oral teachings from Rosebud by Albert White Hat Sr.(author) compiled by John Cunningham (University of Utah Press, May)
  104. Escape to gold mountain: A graphic history of Chinese in North America by David Wong (Aresenal Pulp Press, Oct)
  105. ^Beneath a meth moon  by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books, Feb.)
  106. Bobby the Brave (Sometimes) by Lisa Yee and Dan Santant  (Scholastic, Aug)
  107. The choke artist: confessions of a chronic underachiever by David Yoo (Grand Central, Jun)
  108. Amazing African American actors by Jeff Young (Enslow, Jun)
  109. Reincarnation (Legend of Snow Wolf series) by Fred Lit Yu (China Books, Jun.)
  110. What’s Left of Me: The Hybrid Chronicles, Book One by Kat Zhang (Harper Collins, Sep) MG

 (^on Zetta Elliott’s African American Descent 2012 MG/YA list)


2011 list as borrowed from Color Online Blog: This is an expanded list including authors of color and books featuring people of color. “I’ve compiled a list of all the 2011 YA/MG books coming out about people of color that I could find. I tried to go for some kind of order but gave up after awhile. :p.  A * denotes an author of color.”—“Color Online.

this is alphabetized by author (for my later convenient reference) so mind the publication dates for availability.

1.– How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy by Crystal Allen* (February 22, 2011. MG)….post.

2 .Mystify (Mystyx #2) by Artist Arthur* (February 1, 2011. YA)

3. Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court, edited by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith Jr. (February 8, 2011. YA)

4. I Am J by Cris Beam (March 1, 2011. YA)

5. Sequins, Secrets and Silver Linings by Sophia Bennett (January 2011)

6. Glitz by Philana Marie Boles* (February 3, 2011. YA).

7. Bronxwood by Coe Booth* (September 1, 2011).

8. Young Samurai: The Way of the Dragon (Young Samurai #3) by Chris Bradford (February 1, 2011. MG)

9.  Famous by Simone Bryant* (January 1, 2011. YA)

10. Consumed (Possessed #2) by Kate Cann (February 1, 2011)

11. All the Wrong Moves by Nikki Carter* (January 1, 2011. YA)

12. Doing My Own Thing by Nikki Carter* (July 1, 2011. YA)

13. Amigas: A Formal Affair by Veronica Chambers *(May 10, 2011. MG/YA)

14. Vanished by Sheela Chari* (August 9, 2011. MG)

15. The Dark Goddess (A Devil’s Kiss Novel) by Sarwat Chadda* (January 25, 2011. YA)

16. If I Could Fly by Judith Ortiz Cofer* (May 24, 2011. YA)

17. Sylvia & Aki by Winifred Conkling (July 12, 2011. MG)

18. Subway Girl by P.J. Converse (March 1, 2011. YA)

19. You Don’t Have a Clue: Latino Mysteries for Teens edited by Sarah Cortez* (April 28, 2011. YA)

20. Where I Belong by Gillian Cross (April 1, 2011. YA)

21. Drama High: The Meltdown by L. Divine* (January 25, 2011)

22. So So Hood (Drama High)) by L. Divine* (June 1, 2011. YA)

23. Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles (May 24, 2011. YA)

24. Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck by Margarita Engle* (March 15, 2011. YA)

25. Circus Galacticus by Deva Fagan (Fall 2011)

26. The Queen of Water by Maria Virginia Farinang*o & Laura Resau (March 8, 2011. MG)

27. Samurai Kids #2: Owl Ninja by Sandy Fussell (February 8, 2011)

28. Stir It Up! by Ramin Ganeshram (August 1, 2011. MG)

29. Dreams of Significant Girls by Cristina Garcia* (July 12, 2011. YA)

30. Sister Mischief by Laura Goode (July 12, 2011. YA)

31. Tall Story by Candy Gourlay* (February 8, 2011. MG).

32.– Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han* (January 4, 2011. MG)…post.

33. Return to Me by Justina Chen Headley* (Fall 2011)

34. SkateFate by Juan Felipe Herrera* (February 22, 2011)

35. Tiger’s Curse (Tiger Saga #1) by Colleen Houck (January 11, 2011. YA)

36. Daughter of Xanadu by Dori Jones Yang (January 11, 2011)

37. Freedom’s Stone by Jeffrey Kluger (January 6, 2011)

38. Wildefire by Karsten Knight (July 26, 2011. YA)

39. Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai *(February 22, 2011. MG)…post.

40. Huntress by Malinda Lo* (April 5, 2011. YA)

41. Bayou, Volume 2 by Jeremy Love (January 25, 2011).

42. Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon* (January 4, 2011.)

43. Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott (July 2011. YA)

44. Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez (Fall 2011)

45. Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall* (May 2011. MG)

46. The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald (April 12, 2011. YA)

47. Confessions of a Cyborg by Patricia C. McKissack (February 1, 2011. MG)

48. Posses by Gretchen McNeil (Fall 2011)

49. Jazz in Love by Neesha Meminger* (January 10, 2011. YA)

50. Luminous by Dawn Metcalf (July 7th, 2011. YA)

51. Joseph’s Grace by Sheila Moses* (January 4, 2011. YA)

52. Stolen Girl/Girl on Fire by Yxta Maya Murray* (July 7, 2011. YA)

53. Kick by Walter Dean Myers & Ross Workman (February 1, 2011. MG)

54. Carmen by Walter Dean Myers *(April 26, 2011. YA)

55. Eliza’s Freedom Road by Jerdine Nolen* (January 4, 2011. MG)

56. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor* (April 1, 2011. YA)

57. Karma by Cathy Ostlere (March 31, 2011. YA)

58. What Can’t Wait by Ashley Hope Perez* (March 28, 2011.YA)

59. Bird in a Box by Andrea Pinkney*, illustrated by Sean Qualls (April 12, 2011. YA)

60. Fury of the Phoenix by Cindy Pon* (March 29, 2011. YA)

61. This Thing Called the Future by J.L. Powers (April 1, 2011)

62. Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy (January 1, 2011. MG)

63. Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves* (January 4, 2011. YA)

64. —Illegal by Bettina Restrepo* (March 8, 2011. YA)…post.

65. Across the Universe by Beth Revis (January 8, 2011. YA)

66. Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez* (April 19, 2011. YA)

67. The Bestest Ramadan Ever by Medeia Sharif* (July 8th, 2011. YA)

68. Upgrade U by Ni-Ni Simone* (March 1, 2011. YA)

69. The Break-Up Diaries by Ni-Ni Simone* (April 26, 2011. YA)

70. Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith* (February 8, 2011. YA)

71. The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson* (January 1, 2011. YA)

72. Orchards by Holly Thompson (February 22, 2011)

73. Island’s End by Padma Venkatraman* (August 4, 2011. YA)

74. The Trouble With Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante* (January 6, 2011. MG)

75. Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace (April 14, 2011. YA)

76. —The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang* (January 1, 2011. MG)…post

77. Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams (July 5, 2011. YA)

78. The Star Maker by Laurence Yep* (January 1, 2011. MG)

79. The Detention Club by David Yoo* (July 1, 2011. YA)


African descent 2010 (mg/ya)

  1. Artist Arthur, MANIFEST (August; Kimani)
  2. LA Banks, SHADOW WALKER (November; Sea Lion Books)
  3. Derrick Barnes, WE COULD BE BROTHERS (November; Scholastic)
  4. Monica S. Baker, FREESTYLE (July; Schiffer)
  5. ReShonda Tate Billingsley, CAUGHT UP IN THE DRAMA (April; Gallery)
  6. ReShonda Tate Billingsley, DRAMA QUEENS (November; Gallery)
  7. BA Binns, PULL (October; Westside)
  8. Tonya Bolden, FINDING FAMILY (August; Bloomsbury)
  9. –Victoria Bond & TR Simon, ZORA & ME (October; Candlewick)…mg, post.
  10. Simone Bryant, FABULOUS (February; Kimani)
  11. Claudia Mair Burney, THE EXORSISTAH: X RETURNS (November; Pocket Star)
  12. AJ Byrd, LOSING ROMEO (November; Kimani)
  13. Nikki Carter, ALL THE WRONG MOVES (December; Dafina)
  14. Nikki Carter, COOL LIKE THAT (March; Dafina)
  15. Nikki Carter, NOT A GOOD LOOK (September; Dafina)
  16. Noni Carter, GOOD FORTUNE (January; Simon & Schuster)
  17. Veronica Chambers, AMIGAS #1: FIFTEEN CANDLES (May; Hyperion)
  18. Veronica Chambers, AMIGAS #2: LIGHTS, CAMERA, QUINCE (August; Hyperion)
  19. Veronica Chambers, PLUS (August; Razorbill)
  20. Cecil R. Cross II, NEXT SEMESTER (January; Kimani)
  21. L. Divine, DRAMA HIGH: COLD AS ICE (June; Dafina)
  22. L. Divine, DRAMA HIGH: CULTURE CLASH (February; Dafina)
  23. L. Divine, DRAMA HIGH: PUSHIN’ (September; Dafina)
  24. Sharon Draper, OUT OF MY MIND  (March; Atheneum)
  25. Zetta Elliott, A WISH AFTER MIDNIGHT (February; AmazonEncore)
  26. Sharon Flake, YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW ME (February; Hyperion)
  27. Sundee Frazier, THE OTHER HALF OF MY HEART (June; Delacorte)
  28. Christopher Grant, TEENIE (December; Knopf)
  29. Nikki Grimes, A GIRL NAMED MISTER (August; Zondervan)
  30. Ernest Hill, FAMILY TIES (September; Dafina)
  31. Travis Hunter, AT THE CROSSROADS (November; Dafina)
  32. Travis Hunter, TWO THE HARD WAY (July; Dafina)
  33. Angela Johnson, SWEET, HEREAFTER (January; Simon & Schuster)
  34. Varian Johnson, SAVING MADDIE (March; Delacorte)
  35. Traci L. Jones, FINDING MY PLACE (May; FSG)
  36. Lyah LeFlore, CAN’T HOLD ME DOWN (June; Simon Pulse)
  37. Torrey Maldonado, SECRET SATURDAYS (April; Gallery)
  38. Monica McKayhan, STEP UP (June; Kimani)
  39. Patricia C. McKissack, et al., THE CLONE CODES (February; Scholastic)
  40. Denene Millner, MISS YOU, MINA (July; Scholastic); post…mg
  41. Stephanie Perry Moore, ENJOYING TRUE PEACE (January; Lift Every Voice)
  42. Stephanie Perry Moore, GET WHAT YOU GIVE (May; Dafina)
  43. Walter Dean Myers, THE CRUISERS (August; Scholastic)
  44. Walter Dean Myers, LOCKDOWN (February; Amistad)
  45. Sofia Quintero, EFRAIN’S SECRET (April; Knopf)
  46. Dia Reeves, BLEEDING VIOLET (January; Simon Pulse)
  47. –Jewell Parker Rhodes, NINTH WARD (August; Little, Brown), post…(mg)
  48. –Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, 8TH GRADE SUPERZERO (January; Arthur Levine), post…(mg)
  49. Rachel Renee Russell, DORK DIARIES 2 (June; Aladdin)
  50. Earl Sewell, DECISION TIME (December; Kimani)
  51. Earl Sewell, MYSELF AND I (September; Kimani)
  52. Ni-Ni Simone, TEENAGE LOVE AFFAIR (April; Dafina)
  53. Jacquelin Thomas, SPLIT ENDS (March; Pocket)
  54. Renee Watson, WHAT MOMMA LEFT ME (July; Bloomsbury)
  55. Allison Whittenberg, TUTORED (December, Delacorte)
  56. Lori Aurelia Williams, MAXINE BANKS IS GETTING MARRIED (September; Roaring Brook Press)
  57. –Rita Williams-Garcia, ONE CRAZY SUMMER  (January; Harper): post…mg.
  58. Ebony Joy Wilkins, SELLOUT (July; Scholastic)
  59. Sherri Winston, PRESIDENT OF THE WHOLE FIFTH GRADE (October; Little, Brown)

Hispanic descent 2010 (mg/ya)

  1. –How Tia Lola Learned to Teach by Julia Alvarez. post….mg
  2. Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes
  3. Amigas#2, Lights Camera, Quince – by Veronica Chambers
  4. She’s Got Game by Veronica Chambers
  5. –The Firefly Letters by Margarita Engle post…mg/ya
  6. When the Stars Go Blue by Caridad Ferrer
  7. 90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis
  8. Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia Mccall
  9. The F Factor by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
  10. –The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, post…mg/ya
  11. Secret Saturdays by Torrey Maldonado
  12. The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan
  13. I Will Save You by Matt de la Pena
  14. Efrain’s Secret by Sofia Quintero
  15. –The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork, post…ya
  16. Mr. Mendonza’s Paintbrush by Luis Alberto Urrea

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